(toddlers up to 3 years)
These classes provide a protective home environment where families come together once a week in a supportive learning community. Our classes include baking, craft activities, snack, songs and interactive games. The children play with simple natural materials and toys that enrich their sensory experience and encourage imaginative capacities. We follow daily and seasonal rhythms and celebrations.
Parent/Child classes are Friday from
Rhythm of the day:
The day begins with creative play. The children play with simple, natural materials and toys that enrich their sensory experience and encourage their imaginative capacities. The children might create houses, castles, or caves with colored gauze sheets draped over wooden play frames. Around the structures they may use items gathered from nature, hobby horses, cloth crowns and capes, as tools of their rich imaginations. Still others might choose to play with the hand knit farm animals or cloth dolls. The blocks are organic shapes made from pieces of tree limbs sanded smooth. Those parents not engaged in child led play may work on a simple craft project provided by the teacher. Group circle activities delight the children through much repetition of seasonal songs, nursery rhymes and finger plays. Snack consists of nutritious home made bread that the children help to prepare and bake. A puppet show is told with the aid of bits of branches, woolen animals and hand made puppets all placed on cloth draped to create a natural scene. Stories are repeated throughout the session in acknowledgment of young children’s developmental need for and pleasure in repetition. They are generally chosen to reflect the current cycle of nature. The morning ends with unstructured outdoor play. Each week the same flow of activities take place so that even the youngest children experience the morning routine and begin to participate as part of the larger group.